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20 Fresh Summer Recipes to Add to Your August Menu

20 Fresh Summer Recipes to Add to Your August Menu

Including old-school desserts like Coca Cola Cake.

Just because summer is slowly coming to a close doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy the tastes of the season. How do Southerners combat dwindling farmers’ market stock? By pickling any and everything we can, of course. Start with our master pickling brine, and make one (or all five!) of our colorful pickled vegetables, including zesty okra, spicy beans, Tuscan-style cherry tomatoes, turmeric-dill cucumbers, and easy red onions. It’s the tastiest way to preserve summertime.

But what to serve all those pickles with…how about a set of five-ingredient supper recipes that make use of fresh summer produce and quick pantry staples? We suggest starting with a classic sandwich with a twist, our Smoky Grilled BLTs. This recipe gives your basic tomato sandwich a run for its money.

And to cap off every late-summer cookout, we’re going old-school—super old-school. Southerners have always known that soft drinks can serve as the ultimate secret ingredient, and we’re bringing back vintage favorites with updated recipes: 7UP Bundt Cake, Coca Cola Layer Cake, and Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes, to name a few. There’s no better way to send off summer than with these 20 delicious new recipes.

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19 Delicious New Recipes You Need to Make This Summer

19 Delicious New Recipes You Need to Make This Summer

From show-stopping strawberry shortcake to flavor-packed field peas.

You know what they say about April showers? Well, there’s plenty more to be excited about in May than just those flowers. The month is packed full with happy occasions like Mother’s Day, the Kentucky Derby, and graduations galore. The farmers’ markets are just starting to rev up with seasonal produce for all of your summer cooking. And there are delicious treats to be made, like our five show-stopping iterations on classic strawberry shortcake and Mama Dip’s famous rum cake. Before dessert, though, indulge in five ready-in-a-flash shrimp suppers, fresh field pea recipes to get you through the season, and a new take on old-school chicken spaghetti. Round it all out with an ice-cold Mint Julep, inspired by the crowd-favorite recipe served at Zero George in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s time to welcome the beginnings of summertime with 19 new recipes to make in May.

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Easy Appetizers We’ll Be Making All Summer Long

Easy Appetizers We’ll Be Making All Summer Long

Get the party started with these crowd-pleasing appetizers that are made for the summer season. Whether you’re spending a weekend at the lake, attending a potluck lunch, or throwing a backyard barbecue, you’ll be making these easy appetizer recipes all summer long.

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45 Classic Summer Recipes To Make All Season Long

45 Classic Summer Recipes To Make All Season Long

Here’s to peach cobbler and fried green tomatoes.

In the South, summer is marked by more than a few traditions, like catching lightning bugs in the dark, spending long days at the lake, and sitting pretty (and sweaty) under a haint blue porch ceiling. Yet many of our most favorite summer traditions center around the classic dishes we make from May all the way to September. We’re filling every casserole dish, cast-iron skillet, and cake pan that we can get our hands on with a farmers’ market haul of tomatoes, peas, corn, squash, peaches, berries, and more. Think creamy casseroles, cold salads, icebox pie, and gooey cobbler. These summertime recipes have been around for generations, and they aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon. With every passing hot summer’s day, you get a chance to make these beloved Southern classics that range from fried green tomatoes to berry sonker. Here are the vintage summer food ideas we’re making all summer long.

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